As news spread
about the unidentified
object, others came forward on the Web to say they had also seen it.
Videos and other images of what soon became known as the “California
Drone” were published on the Internet.
Then came a call in January to private detective, T.K. Davis, a former
Santa Clara County sheriff deputy. An unidentified woman from Open
Minds Forum, a group specializing in “UFOology,” was willing to pay him
$100 an hour to investigate the sighting.
Davis doesn’t believe in UFOs, but he took the woman seriously and has
been on the case with a partner, Frankie Dixon, ever since. What does
Davis think now? For one, he believes the object in the photo is too
intricate to be the work of a Photoshop scam artist. He’s searched high
and low to determine what it may be, and talked with many doubters, but
has yet to find a logical answer.
Davis has even talked to the local power company to try to determine
where the telephone pole in the photograph is located. Before
vanishing, the person who claimed to take the photograph e-mailed the
woman from the Open Minds Forum saying the image was shot outside his
fiancee’s parents home. If Davis can find the telephone pole, he
believes, he can find the person who took the photo.
An article published in the Los Angeles Times
about the photographs last
week has sparked more interest in the UFO sighting, but Davis says he
still doesn’t have any solid evidence on whether or not the photographs
are real. “The more research we’ve done, I’m leading towards
believing,” he told the San Jose Mercury News. “I’m not a skeptic
Many bloggers on UFO sites have called the images a hoax, claiming they
have been digitally altered. Others have contacted Davis saying they
had seen a UFO in Capitola several years ago. One person, a man named
Isaac that Davis found through the Mutual UFO Network, claims the
strange object bears a similarity to crafts that were built as part of
a U.S. government project he worked on in Palo Alto in the 1980s.
Davis has investigated this too, but can’t confirm the project ever
existed. Speculation continues to run rampant, but until Davis speaks
with Raji, the person who took the photos, he says it will remain a
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